Pitt’s recruiting in the state of California netted them two official visits over the weekend in 4-star wide receiver Zeke Berry (Concord, California) and 3-star offensive tackle Jackson Brown (Danville, California).
Brown (6-foot-5, 275 pounds) is a Class of 2022 three-star offensive tackle from San Ramon Valley High School in Danville, California. Brown holds offers from California, Colorado, BYU, Indiana, Tennessee, Washington State, Colorado State, San Diego State, Florida Atlantic, San Jose State, UNLV and Utah State.
Following his plane flight back to California, Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke with Brown on Sunday morning to hear about his first visit to the Pitt facilities and started out by asking what he took from his time spent with the Panthers program.
“I loved it,” said Brown. “That was my first time being out in Pittsburgh and seeing everything. I didn’t realize how green everything is there. I also didn’t know that the Steelers are right next to them and getting a chance to see them practice in person. It was just amazing to see that and everything within their facilities. The campus is within the city and I loved it and loved everything about the visit.”
With Brown loving his visit to Pitt, he’s now in the process of evaluating what he liked with Pitt and will compare it to his other official visits. What were a couple of things that really stood out to him about Pitt?
“The dorms that the players have, they’re crazy. They’re all brand new and we went in and some them, they were awesome. Also, the strength staff that Pitt has. Coach Stacc is great. I like how he works and you can tell he knows what he’s doing. The nutritionists that Pitt has are great and they’ll really be able to build me up if I go there. Everything really, I just loved it all.”
Another thing that Brown enjoyed was the time he spent with the 9 other players making the visit to Pitt. Instead of going there 1-on-1 and being under a microscope, Brown loved being part of a big group and getting to know players that could potentially be his future teammates.
“It was super fun,” said Brown. “I got super close with Isaiah Montgomery, the other offensive tackle and I could see myself playing with him for sure. I also got close with Zeke Berry, who actually lives like 10 minutes from me. Their were like 10 other players there and we bonded, which was fun.”
At the end of the visit, Brown had a long talk with Pat Narduzzi, who made his recruiting pitch to him. Despite completely enjoying his visit, Brown wasn’t ready to close down his recruitment.
“I talked with Coach Narduzzi right at the end of the visit. He was telling me I should be here. He was telling me my dad was here and that you should continue the legacy. He just said that we all really want you here. My family was in the room and it was great talking to him. I’m committed though to going on all my official visits, though,” said Brown. “I want to go to every school on my list and evaluate the pros and cons from them before deciding.”
Prior to visiting Pitt, Brown made his first official visit at California. Next up, he’ll be in Colorado this weekend, followed by unofficial visits to both USC and UCLA.